Here is an old C H Griffiths safe that had not been open in many years. After picking the lock the door had jammed so tight that it was very difficult to open. Using an angle grinder I removed material from the leading edges of the door.
I cut a few keys to the lock for the customer to use the safe, I did however advise him that he should look to invest in a new safe as this one had clearly had its day. Safes of this age can fail without warning. The mechanisms are old and worn, metal fatigue in the springs of the lock can cause a lock out. Handles, most of which were made of brass wear before the steel spindles. My advice to anyone with an old safe like this if it shows any signs of failing get a safe engineer to look at it before it becomes a lock out.
Next is a John Tann wall safe. Again, an old antique safe that had been built into a wall by the previous owner. This was a nice old safe but it was another time consuming opening. The lock was quite tricky to pick and as the one above, once open the safe door had jammed shut. A similar technique was used to grind down the edges of this door and make it work smoothly.